There is a famous saying that goes something like this: “A pistol is only for shooting your way to your rifle, that you should’ve had with you in the first place.”
A pistol is only for shooting your way to your rifle, that you should’ve had with you in the first place.
This little gun holds the title for the smallest gun on the homestead. Both Tim and I (Zac) have a few of what could be considered “back-up” guns, but Jaimie owns the smallest one. This little gun is indeed what is known as a “shoot and get away” gun. It’s not meant for combat, it’s not meant to win a gun fight and it’s certainly not meant as a primary defensive weapon of any sort. It’s a last resort pistol.
I actually got this gun brand new in a trade a few years ago when I was designing a website for a gun shop. They decided to pay me in merchandise and I thought that was a great idea! This little gun was included in the package. There have been numerous times when Jaimie or I have grabbed this little guy and stuck it in a pocket while heading out the door. We first got our concealed carry permits when I was finishing up college many years ago. And we certainly both have primary defense weapons that we normally carry. However, on certain occasions when attire or circumstance just won’t allow for that, this little guy comes in handy.
This .22 mini revolver plays the same roll on the homestead as it did when we lived in the city. We live on a working farm and we live way out in the middle of nowhere. All of us are armed for a number of reasons. I go over some of those reasons in another article here. The main purpose of this gun as stated above is to “shoot and get away”. In our case, it would be to shoot, get away and get a bigger gun.
There are plenty of gun snobs out there who will tell you that this gun is worthless with so little firepower that there is no point in owning one. If a struggle had ever taken place while I was carrying this gun, bringing the barrel to the ear of an attacker or shooting close range to the chest would certainly work to buy time to escape the situation and seek help.
- Weight: 4.5 ounces (loaded)
- Height: 2.375 inches
- Length: 4 inches
- Barrel: 1 1/8 inches (loaded)
- Price: Less than $200
The cylinder of the gun comes out completely to make for easy loading, but not fast loading. There is no loading on the run with this gun. This is another reason why it’s considered a “shoot and get away” firearm. The pistol is completely stainless steel with solid craftsmanship. The cylinder has half-way notches that allow the hammer to rest without fear of accidental discharge. If you are interested in obtaining one for yourself, the price is often less than $200.
The reality is that the bullets coming out of this gun probably don’t even reach full velocity because the barrel is so short. Most of the powder actually burns up outside the barrel and so the bullet never reaches full speed. I load ours with CCI stingers and they have been tested in this gun at reaching 800 feet per second. I think is really good considering the size of the barrel.
My wife and children are my top priority. Their safety is paramount and when they are out, they need to be safe. The homestead needs to be safe too. My children are growing up learning about life on the farm. Part of that means knowing how to respect and use firearms. They are a part of our daily lives here. Our firearms are used for protection, meat harvesting and even entertainment and sport from time to time. We have big guns and little guns. This neat and tiny mini revolver is one of the smallest pistols in the world and it has a place on An American Homestead.